Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
A number of shipping, refining, fuel supply and standards organisations have worked together to produce Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50% sulphur marine fuel. These organisations are listed below at *.
The document was released on behalf of the Oil Companies’ International Marine Forum (OCIMF) on 20 August, is available at no charge and can be found here on the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) website:
This publication has been developed by experts from across shipping, refining, supply and testing of marine fuels.
It is understood that the publication is designed to provide guidance for stakeholders across the marine fuels and shipping industries, from fuel blenders and suppliers to end users.
Here are presented (a) the specific safety and operational issues relating to the supply and use of max. 0.50%-sulphur fuels, (b) an overview of fuel quality principles, and (c) the controls that should be put in place to ensure that safety issues are identified, prevented and/or mitigated.
The document addresses issues such as fuel compatibility, fuel stability, and fuel handling and storage, and contains a comprehensive review of existing operational factors that can affect safety.
It does not address issues related to compliance with Flag State, Port State or IMO rules or guidelines, or alternative means of compliance (for example Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems), and does not include a discussion of alternative fuels such as liquefied natural gas, hydrogen or methanol.
Key messages broadcast are:
It is reported that the publication will be supported by an e-learning course to be released in October 2019.
The aims of the e-Learning course include:
1. To provide an understanding of MARPOL Annex VI and its potential impact on the management of fuels on board ships.
2. To raise awareness of and offer solutions to potential fuel management issues.
*African Refiners’ Association (ARA)
Concawe, Environmental Science for European Refining
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)
International Association of Classification Societies (IACS)
International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA)
International Council on Combustion Engines (CIMAC)
International Group of P&I Clubs
IPIECA (The global oil and gas association for advancing
environmental and social performance)
ISO/TC 28/SC 4/WG 6
Japan Petroleum Energy Center (JPEC)
Oil Companies’ International Marine Forum (OCIMF)
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
Before (the Northern Hemisphere) summer, the European Commission launched a review of the TEN-T Regulation 1315/2013 with a public consultation.
An introduction to the EU’s TEN-T programme is available here: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/infrastructure_en
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) submitted its proposals in a position paper. Readers are invited to see the document here issued in July: https://www.espo.be/media/2019.09%20TEN-T%20review%20consultation%202019%20-%20espo%20position%20-%20FINAL.pdf
In a statement of 9 September ESPO’s Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost commented: ‘European ports remain strong supporters of the 2013 Europe’s Transport Infrastructure Policy, which literally put the seaports on the TEN-T map. It is now time to adapt the framework to the new market realities, new challenges and new needs. Looking in a more comprehensive way at what ports can do, not only for transport, but also in terms of decarbonisation of society and digitalisation of supply chains and having that mirrored in the guidelines, is one of the to-do’s in this review. Nowadays ports are much more than a component of maritime transport, they have a pivotal role between the different modes and the different networks.’
With ABB’s shore connection technology, three Corsica Linea ferries will cut emissions and noise pollution when berthed in the Port of Marseille, France.
Instead of running diesel-fuelled auxiliary engines the ferries Paglia Orba, Jean Nicoli and Pascal Paoli will use electricity for power at the berth. Each of the three vessels is being modified to feature ABB’s power compensation device Dynacomp, which allows electricity available from the local grid in Marseille to be stepped down to 11KV in order to take care of ship power needs while in port.
Jean Nicoli is illustrated here with the kind assistance of Corsica Linea / ABB ©.
In the words of Ludovic Amouroux, Project Manager, Corsica Linea: ‘ABB shore connection technology enables the type of emissions-free ship power that regulators, ports and local residents increasingly demand. With ABB’s proven technology, Paglia Orba, Jean Nicoli and Pascal Paoli will be emissions-free when berthed in Marseille. We estimate we will use between 7MWh and 11 MWh of zero-emission power per call, depending on the vessel.’
Jyri Jusslin, Head of Service, ABB Marine & Ports added: ‘Decision-makers in the ferry sector like Corsica Linea continue to lead on zero-emission shore power, proving that existing vessels can significantly reduce environmental impact with technology that is available to shipowners today. We are delighted to offer our turnkey shore connection solution to meet Corsica Linea’s shoreside power needs.’